Finance Ministry launches new e-Dirham cards

Officials at the launch of the e-Dirham cards, which are expected to raise public service standards, enhance efficiency and professionalism of government services. (SUPPLIED)

Younis Haji Al Khoori, Director-General of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Saif Al Shehhi, General Manager, Domestic Banking, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, yesterday launched the second-generation e-Dirham cards (Blue Card).

The launch was followed by a live demonstration of the system at MoF headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The new e-Dirham cards are expected to raise public service standards, enhance efficiency, innovation and professionalism of government services.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) is the official MoF partner for the cards and STS is the developer of the card system.

Faisal Al Mansouri, Director of Revenue Development Department at MoF, Ramzi Zein, Chairman, STS, Coding Technology Services specialists and strategic partner of NBAD and other officials from MoF and NBAD were present at the launching ceremony.

An e-services portal for MoE was also launched in conjunction with the new electronic payment gateway for the second-generation e-Dirham cards. The e-services portal launched the first service, linked to the electronic services portals of the Ministries of Environment and Water and Public Works, allowing payment to be made to the Ministry.

The Blue Card has six colour options under the name Al Haselah, a word that means collector in Arabic. These cards will be released in tandem with the completion of each phase of services.

The launch began by NBAD presenting the first Blue Card, which is twinned with Visa, to the MoF. The first card was issued in the name of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance. Younis Haji Al Khoori received the card on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan.

 

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